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Practical Information

The purpose of the International Student Orientation is to assist international students in adjusting to living and studying on campus and in the United States.

Attendance at orientation is mandatory for new students and will include useful information about:

  • The Franklin & Marshall College Campus
  • F-1 student regulations
  • Employment options
  • Banking
  • Cultural Adjustment
  • And much more!

Students will have opportunities to meet new and current students at F&M.

The 2014 mandatory International Student Orientation begins on August 26 at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude on Friday, August 29 by 12:00 pm. International students will then start the general student orientation, with all other new students.

Use the Franklin & Marshall Beginnings website for assistance with:


As a student at Franklin & Marshall College, you will be assigned to a College House where you will live.  Each person will have a bed, desk, chair, wardrobe closet, and set of drawers.  You will need to complete a series of forms to start your housing selection process.  You should begin these forms as soon as possible on the Beginnings website.  Housing assignments including roommates will be communicated to students by email in early August.

Exchange students will not utilize the Beginnings website.  Housing assignments for exchange students will be made in August.  Exchange students will work with Dean Haring on other administrative matters.

Health Insurance

International students receiving need-based financial aid, as determined by the Office of Financial Aid, will be provided with health insurance, for the duration of their studies, valued at approximately $1,400 per year. This insurance primarily covers accidents, illnesses, and prescription drugs.  It does not include vision and dental benefits, so be sure to address any such concerns before leaving your country.  This benefit is not part of your financial aid package, therefore it cannot be transferred into a monetary award should you already have insurance.  

International students who are not receiving financial aid should be prepared to purchase this same College health insurance, priced at approximately $1,400 per year, as the College has strict requirements for approving alternative policies.  Few students meet the criteria necessary to be waived from the College's health insurance requirement.

Health & Immunization Forms

All students are required to submit a completed health form prior to their arrival in the United States. This form will be available on the Beginnings website listed above; however, it can also be accessed at /x6420.xml. This form must be completed in English and signed by your doctor. If you do not return this form, you may not be allowed to register for classes. For specific information or questions about this form or the data required, contact Appel Student Health Services at (717) 291-4082.

Registering for Classes

Once you have sent in your $500 enrollment deposit you will be sent an F&M NetID for the Beginnings website within a few weeks. It is through this website that you will indicate your course preferences.  You will be contacted by a faculty advisor to discuss course selection in May or June.  Final course schedules will be communicated to students in August.

Please note that you will meet with a faculty advisor during New Student Orientation, and you will have many opportunities to adjust your course schedule.

Banking on Campus

With your passport and Franklin & Marshall College I-20, you will be able to open a bank account with a local bank near campus. You do not need a Social Security number to open a bank account. (Please be sure to complete Form W-8BEN1 to be exempted from this requirement. Bank representatives will have this form.) You will receive more information about this and have an opportunity to sign up for an account at International Student Orientation.

Working on Campus

The College Work Award of $1,900 represents about 7 hours of work per week for the academic year at an hourly rate of $7.25.  Paychecks are issued to students and are not directly credited toward the College bill.  Students awarded a need-based College Work Award will receive information in the summer on accessing the online bulletin board of available on-campus jobs.  The United States government requires international students to secure a job on campus before they apply for a Social Security card.  After securing a job, international students must apply for their Social Security card and may not begin working in their hired job until they have completed the application process.

International students may work on campus full-time, up to 40 hour per week, during Winter Break, Spring Break, and the summer.

Payment of Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees will not be charged until after you register for classes. The approximate amount of tuition will be $24,207 per semester.  Students that wish to have their tuition payments wired electronically to F&M can do so by having their bank send funds to:

Fulton Bank
1695 State St.
East Petersburg, PA 17520 USA

Fulton Bank Swift Code: FLBKUS33

Fulton Bank ABA#: 031301422

Franklin & Marshall College
415 Harrisburg Ave.
Lancaster, PA 17603 USA

Beneficiary Account#: 362310861


Purchase of Linens, Pillows, Toiletries, Etc.

We recommend you wait to purchase these items until you arrive. International Student Orientation will provide you an opportunity to go to the store and purchase these items.

_____ I have completed all tasks and forms on the Beginnings website

_____ I have sent the $500 tuition deposit.

_____ I have planned to check-in with the Office of International Programs within ten days of my arrival into the USA. This can be accomplished at International Student Orientation.  You may also email us if you arrive in the US more than ten days before the official check-in date at F&M:

Questions about this information? Please contact us.